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7 financial management tips for freelancers and the self-employed


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7 financial management tips for freelancers and the self-employed
By Zan Azlee

Being a freelancer and self-employed for more than a decade before this, I often get asked for advice on how to start out by those who want to go down the same route.

The questions that I get asked are usually linked to how to get clients, the different rates that are available in the market and also about marketing and self-promotion.

One of the rarest questions that I get asked, yet is one of the most important in order to sustain a freelance career is financial management for the self-employed!

There have been several times where friends who are freelancers come to me after a year or two saying that they are struggling financially or find it difficult to buy property.

And the unfortunate thing about this is that they always think that this struggle with finances is part and parcel of being a freelancer or self-employed when it really shouldn’t be.

So I have come up with a basic do’s list for those who are starting out. I am in the content industry but this list can really apply to any industry. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

How important is Anwar?


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How important is Anwar?
By Zan Azlee

Almost everyone I spoke to, before and after Anwar Ibrahim’s rejected appeal against his sodomy case last Monday, has told me that they weren’t bothered if he was found guilty or not.

Most of them said that all politicians are the same no matter what party or side they come from – all they do is just say things and do things to keep themselves popular and relevant.

In fact, I have the same thoughts too when it comes to politics. And a political party’s success should not be determined by an individual and a good succession plan should always be in place.

However, we fail to realise that Anwar has been the only individual that has been able to form a strong opposition coalition in this country, which is important for a balanced democracy.

Under the leadership of Anwar, even the liberal DAP and the religious PAS can put aside their differences and come together in unity in parliament and state assemblies.

We also need to realise that the conviction (or convictions) against Anwar seems to reek of political motivation. Who has ever been convicted for sodomy in this country before?

And if it is true that the case (cases) is politically motivated, then it tells of a very smelly and negative side of the country’s judiciary and it’s influences of which we all should be concerned.

So as much as it is sensationalised and old news at the same time, Anwar being convicted and sent to jail for the third time is a very significant and prominent issue for Malaysia indeed.

However, it’s significance may not be a totally negative one. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?

Back from a three week break, expert racists Zan and Aizyl listen to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s explanations for calling on Malays to boycott Chinese traders. Is he racist? Or are some of us irresponsibly ignoring our true racial roles?

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What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?


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What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?
By Zan Azlee

When a person is a public figure, especially someone who is in public office, it goes without saying that he or she will constantly be in the public eye.

It would be difficult to draw the line between what is considered private and personal and what is public and should be known by everyone.

For someone who is in the public office, the responsibility is so high that his or her actions will always be scrutinised by the people who he represents.

And this is rightfully the way because the public has elected that person to carry out the administration of the office in their name.

The people are the boss.

So when an elected official, a cabinet minister no less, posts a statement on his Facebook page that reeks of generalisation, stereotyping and racism, the people should pay attention.

Yes, I am referring to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, the minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, who said that Malays should boycott Chinese businesses who do not lower their prices after the reduction in oil price.

It does not matter if the minister explains that it was given in the best of intentions. As a person who has been elected by the people, what he said is just wrong and unethical.

What would the minister (an UMNO member) say if, for example, a member of the MCA said that all Chinese should boycott Malay retailers who sell bad quality products? [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Content marketing: The latest ‘in’ thing


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Content marketing: The latest ‘in’ thing
By Zan Azlee

Mark my words. Things are going to be big for those who are in the content industry. And I’m not just saying this because I’m in the industry! Well, okay, maybe I am. But I don’t think I’ll be mistaken.

I have written about content marketing before and how important it is for organisations to use and harness it to build awareness, gain credibility, target the right audience or market, and to amass loyal followers.

And what is the difference from when I first started writing about it and now? The difference is that previously, although many organisations were aware of content marketing, they weren’t convinced. But now they are.

If you don’t believe me, just browse the Internet and see for yourself. How many non-content related organisations out there are now focusing on content? I bet you can find quite a few.

Internationally, the best example is Red Bull. Initially an energy drink and sports sponsor, they have now ventured into magazine publication, both traditional and digital, and Internet television.

What started out as a soft approach of trying to sell their brand has now become an important operation of the organisation that is now pulling its own weight financially.

Locally, many organisations have embraced content as an indirect way to create a positive image of themselves although their content marketing strategy isn’t pulling in direct revenue. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]